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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - UPDATE: A $100,000 cash bond was set for the man arrested on a homicide charge in the death of an elderly man in a fight last week.

Matthew L. Kinstler is held on a $100,000 cach bond on a charge of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide.

He was arrested Tuesday night and brought to the La Crosse County Jail where he remains as of Wednesday afternoon according to online records.

He is held for his role in a fight in the parking lot of the Menards store on Lang Drive on Friday, May 1.

A verbal argument turned physical between Kinstler and 79-year-old Russell W. Paulson after Kinsler said the man parked too close to his vehicle.

Paulson was injured in the fight and later died of his injuries.


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The man involved in a fight that led to the death of an elderly man is jailed Tuesday night on a homicide charge.

Online jail records show that Matthew L. Kinstler, 50, is in the La Crosse County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide.

He's currently being held without bond.

On May 1, La Crosse Police officers were called to Menards on Lang Drive for a fight between two men.

Police said the incident began after Kinstler felt that 79-year-old Russell W. Paulson had parked too close to his vehicle. A verbal argument turned physical between the two men. Paulson was injured in the confrontation.

He was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System where he later died.

Originally Kinstler was arrested on charges of substantial battery and disorderly conduct and released on a signature bond.

He was jailed Tuesday evening on the homicide charge.

Online court records don't show when Kinstler will make a court appearance on the charges.

Kevin Millard

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